Hanne Tofte Jespersen

(born in 1956, in Roskilde, Denmark, resident in Roskilde), composer, singer, pianist, organist. She was educated at the University of Copenhagen (MA in music, BA in film/TV). She composes for and performs with musicians in both classical and contemporary music; combining vocals, instrumentals and recital with inspiration from choral music and folk tones of Nordic countries and the British Isles. Also from traditional music and dance and the polyrhythmic universe of Ghana, West Africa where she worked from 1993-99, and European classical music. She formed the Scandinavian crossover ensemble Music for the Mysteries in 2007. She made the first performance of the Testimony of Melangell as total art during the Schubertiade 2011 in coll.with Museum of Contemporary Art. She was commissioned for the inauguration at Ny Vor Frue may 2010 her piece Suite for poems by George Herbert for organ. She has artistic leadership of Ensemble music for the Mysteries since 2008.
Selected works: Farvespillet (the play of Colours) 2013 for vl, cl, bsn, perc, recital & children's audience; The testimony of Melangell/ Melangells Vidnesbyrd 2011 for contralto, sopr, alto, tenor, bass baritone, vl; CD The Testimony of Mellagell Meridian Records 2012; Suite for poems by George Herbert 2010 for mezzo, alto, tenor soloists; The Seven Natures 2007 for 2 singers, vl D.B, P, perc; Vision of Enoch 2007 for 2 singers, Peace 2005 for SATB, Julemanden Julle 2010 for children's choir, vl, D.B, P, PERC; Rosen I Norden (The Rose in the North) 2006 for children's choir.
Awards: Winning competition New Music Tales for Children leading to comission of Farvespillet, with composer's fee from Danish Arts Foundation, first performed in DR Concert House April 2013; grants from DJBFA, Nordic Culture Point and the Danish Arts Foundation.

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